A Thin Place

Where the veil between Heaven and Earth is thin.

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An old desire made new.

I have been silent for too long, and I have put on a public face
for too long. The world needs more of us to be real – not real in the completely uncensored and overly dramatic “reality tv” sense, but real in the sense of life is not just the fruits of a well fertilized garden but includes really unpleasant dumps of manure, or worse, every now and then that have to be dealt with before the fertilize instead of kill.
I don’t know what I’m going to write and I don’t know how often, but I do know that the time is coming nigh to write more.
May God’s blessing be clear to you in every way.

A couple of videos worth the time.

While the development of this site seems to be a bit stalled, I wanted to post a couple of videos here because they speak the kind of truth that is the only kind that can actually heal this world. They speak the gospel, even where they lack crediting the ideas as not new.

The first is by Brene Brown speaking on vulnerability. “You cannot selectively numb emotion. When we numb [hard feelings], we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness.”

The second, also by Brene Brown, is about specifically how we can help heal.

Advent 2013 – A New Hope

Holy One,
We need you more than ever.
I know that you know that, but I need to really truly come to that place of surrender.
It is not the place most people I talk to seem to think it is.
It is a place of rest.
A place of reclaiming my place in you and in your unfolding Creation.
I don’t have to be in control of everything. I can’t be.
I can’t even know everything in order to control it.
As it turns out, I know next to nothing.
But I know you.
Not in a way that has me understand you and be able to explain you.
But in a way that a child knows a loving parent.
I know that I don’t need to be in control, because you are, have been, and will be Creator, Lover, Sustainer of all.
And so I thank you, God, for this season of remembering and allowing you to be reborn in me.
May it be so.


I don’t know what will happen with this site this Advent. I do know that I feel oh so intensely strongly a desire to be very active here at this time. I just don’t know at this point what will actually happen.

Truth be told, I’m acutely aware this year that I need this Advent time.

But I also know that one of the reasons that I need it so much is that I am so distracted by trying to make ends meet and really figure out what God is calling me to.  Where is my heart?  For it goes before me somewhere and I know not where exactly it goes, other than it goes ahead of me to where I was created to be.

Okay. Enough poetic, amorphic stuff.  Time for some more prayer and preparation for this season of prayer and preparation.

May Christ guide us all gently, yet clearly.

Why a “thin place”?

A “thin place” is a Celtic concept of a place where the veil between heaven and Earth is thin, and one can more easily have an encounter with the other side. These places are often geographical, but may also be temporal. In other words, a thin place may be a place in space or in time. Some might say that the word “holy” could be used instead of “thin.”

Below is a video that briefly describes the Celtic concept of thin places. The sound is not spectacular, but the words are descriptive and well done. The video focuses primarily on Ireland, though anyone open to thin places will know they exist in all corners of the Earth.

Why “A Thin Place ministries”?

My desire – the call within my heart – is to create a thin place here. A place in cyberspace where people who gather feel close to the Divine. A place where people are drawn into relationship with the Holy One, with all that the Holy One has created, and in so doing, find a deeper relationship with themselves.

Here is another poetic take on thin places. Again, the focus is on Ireland, but listen more intently to what is being said about thin places, whether places or not or Irish or not.

(This post has been copied to a separate page that will be updated from time to time.)

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A Prayer to Begin

Holy One,

Grant me a sense of your presence, I pray, as I begin this next step in the journey we are taking together with this unfolding ministry that we are weaving out of my life. I know not for sure where I am going in this. I know well that the path I take will not be perfect nor straight, nor will I always stick to paths that lead to mutually satisfying goals. I will, more frequently than I like, miss the mark. But I have come not to believe, but to know deeply that I can not go anywhere without you. And for this I am more than grateful. And I pray that you will help me to not just hear you and see you, but to actually pay attention to you. May it be so.

There are so very many things that I wish to say.

As of right now, as I am actually typing this post, this whole website is all very new and very barren, but oh so incredibly pregnant with potential! There is currently so much I want to write about and yet there is currently little written and I am acutely aware of both. This does not bother me in the least, but it distracts me, and so even to get this far in this very post has taken the better part of an hour. A huge number of mental notes have been written and even a few written down.

At this time, even the “About” section of this site has scarcely more than a paragraph. So… why? Why this site? Well, as you will discover with me, there are many reasons – a whole bunch of which I am actually aware of! But perhaps the biggest part of the “why” question is actually wrapped up in the “Who?”. Who is this site intended for? It is for many. It is primarily for those seeking God. I do not mean those seeking belief – I mean those seeking communion, whether they know it or not. I keep thinking in particular of all who are at least slightly, somewhere, even if unconsciously, in touch with their spiritual nature but not seeing Christianity as offering anything to nurture their well being.

I am a scientist. I hesitate to call myself a believer, not because I am not, but because of the baggage the word has come to have associated with it for so many people. For those who’s backgrounds have them thinking of passages of woe to those who are ashamed of Christ, let me remind you of the passages of woe to those who put stumbling blocks in the way of those who are seeking.

I am not a believer because I read anything and believed it.

I am not a believer because I had any discussions with people who convinced me something was true.

I am not a believer because I have been brain washed into believing a set of doctrines or tenets.

I am a believer because of my direct experience and, having tried desperately for years and years to explain away my experience using all available scientific, cultural, and “rational” tools at my disposal, I found myself in relationship rather than belief or unbelief.